Lions Club Donates Funds towards Play Structure

Written by Colleen Swifte
Wednesday, 14 December 2011 20:40

Lakeside Lions President Ed Winiarz, along with 1st Vice District Governor of the Lions International 5M11 District Dave Hollyoake, presented the Lavioe family of Matlock with two cheques for $1000.00 each at their home last Friday. The money was donated to provide funds for the extension of a play surface area and provide a chain link fence to be built around a specialized play structure for 13 year old Christian Lavoie.

Christian is a student at Winnipeg Beach School and has a very rare condition called Chromosomal Deletion Syndrome. “”There is no one like him the world, no one else matches his chromosome structure, so we don’t have anything to go on.” says Christian’s mom Bryanne Lavioe,” he is non-verbal and very small for his age, and does not have the ability to bend his legs and arm joints properly. It makes Christian unstable on his feet and it’s very difficult for him use regular playground equipment.

We contacted a designer at Cedar Works Playsets and explained Christian’s challenges. They came up with a design that offers sun protection, proper ramps, and railings that would be safely accessible to Christian. It is constructed from Northern White Cedar and is without chemical treatments, paints or stains, is splinter free and requires no annual maintenance. This play structure gives Christian a place of his own. It allows him to gain independence and confidence, balance, co-ordination and strength. The ramps and railings help him feel secure and the design offers plenty of shelter from the sun. He can invite friends over to play now, he loves having company.” In addition to the donation from the Lions Club, the President Choice Children’s’ Charity (PCC) provided the funds for the structure itself, Reliable Tire Recycling gave them a break on the price of rubber mats, and RBP Trucking and Skidsteer Service from Petersfield supplied the gravel at a reduced cost. Christian’s father, Cory Lavioe built the structure himself with help from friends.

The Lions Club International is the largest service group in the world providing humanitarian aid in areas such as sight restoring treatments, disaster relief, and worldwide humanitarian efforts. Locally the Lakeside Lions raise funds for initiatives such as the Winnipeg Beach School Breakfast Program, N.E. Palliative Care, eye bank and vision improvement assistance, and community enhancements such as providing funds for playground equipment. They also have plans to plant more trees in Strolloway Park in Winnipeg Beach as part of a much larger tree planting imitative from Lions Club International. Their efforts provide tangible results that can be seen every day in Interlake communities.

“We’re here to serve” says Winiarz. “We donate to many different facets. “Our recent cookie walk was very successful and once again N.E. Palliative Care and the Winnipeg Beach School breakfast program will benefit. We’d like to thank everyone who came out and everyone who volunteered.”

For more information on the Lions Club, Please visit their website www.lionsclubs.org